A few years ago, the internet lost its shit after seeing what happened to a McDonald’s cheeseburger after being exposed to stomach acid. Now, thanks to the the YouTube channel Molten Science, we know what adding a Coke to the equation looks like — and it’s completely revolting.
This controlled experiment, posted to YouTube this past March 2, uses hydrochloric acid to simulate stomach acid, which the human body naturally produces to break down substances. Still, the reaction this experiment reveals is a stomach churning combination of a thick, smokey tar-like concoction of sugar and food coloring that is anything but thirst-quenching.
We all know that soda is basically the unhealthiest thing you can drink. Still, somewhere between a plume of smoke that appears as the Coke makes contact with the clear liquid, and the sudden thickening of all the contents — it’s safe to say no one would have expected a reaction so unappetizing.
Even before half of the can is emptied, the small glass is overflowing with gelatinous Coke that fizzes and smokes as it hardens. To contain the overflowing mess, the glass is placed inside a baking sheet, which still cannot contain the quickly expanding tar-like substance.
It’s hard to imagine that this reaction is potentially a reenactment of what is happening inside your stomach after a good, hard, throat burning chug of Coke. No wonder it makes you burp.
Do you still want a Coke with that?